Below you will find a complete list of the arts and recreation opportunities. They are organised in alphabetical order.
Take a look at the list to find out the great activities and opportunities to connect with community that can be found in Coventry and the surrounding area.
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Do you love music?
Would you like to learn how to make your own music or develop your music making skills if you already do?
SoundLab-Cov is for 10-16 year olds who have a range of musical interests and styles including spoken word, dance, electronic, jazz, classical, and more.
It is open to young people who play an instrument, create digital beats/music and those who sing, rap or create spoken word.
At SoundLab-Cov you'll work with a team of professional musicians, with guest artists and performance opportunities across the year.
Sign up here for their termly Saturday sessions.
Take a Break Warwickshire provides community based short breaks for children and young adults who have a disability or life threatening illness, and adults with a learning disability. This support enables people to live their lives to their full potential, gain skills and move towards independence with confidence.
Take a Break provides a wide variety of group activities across Warwickshire and Coventry. Their groups provide safe places for children and young people to socialise away from school, build on their confidence and independence and most importantly have fun!
Activities include Saturday clubs, holiday play schemes, a youth group in Rugby and an after school club in Nuneaton.
A service coordinator will talk with you about what you are looking for, and will then arrange a home visit to discuss your child or young person's needs in more detail. They will talk about the support they can provide and the cost in more detail.
The Belgrade is the largest professional theatre in Coventry.
The Belgrade Theatre offers free companion tickets for theatre-goers that need to be accompanied.
They also have performances that are adapted to be accommodating to those with Autistic Spectrum Condition, individuals with sensory and communication disorders, those with learning disabilities and anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.
All Belgrade productions and many visiting productions are supported by captioning or sign language interpreters and are audio-described. They also have large print, Braille and audio versions of our brochure available on request.
For more information, please visit the Belgrade Theatre website.
Brandon Marsh Nature Centre is the headquarters of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. Set in 220 acres, wander the reserve to discover large pools, many bird hides, woodland walks and meadow flowers. The Visitor Centre is a great place to visit including a Tea Room and well stocked gift shop.
Around the Visitor Centre you’ll find the orchard, mouse manor, bird watching hides, the Education garden and a sensory garden.
Explore the willow-woven mouse manor with its stunning willow sculpture of a harvest mouse nest - you can even climb inside!
For younger children, try the brass rubbing trail - find the brass plaques hidden near the visitor centre to create colourful pictures on your rubbing sheet.
Then it's off to the Nature Trails which guide you around the wildlife habitats of the nature reserve. Enjoy lunch at Badgers Tearoom or picnic in the courtyard where there is also under-cover seating.
For more information, please visit the Brandon Marsh website.
Cinema Exhibitors' Association Card
The CEA Card is a national concessionary card developed by the Cinema Exhibitors' Association for UK cinemas in order to allow people with disabilities to obtain one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema.
For more information, please see the Cinema Exhibitors' Association Card website
Taking the Reins is a new and different project run by Circles Network.
They work with and care for horses as a way to help a wide range of disabled and disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.
They have a very clear understanding about what helps and does not help people’s personal development.
They focus on:
Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) - learning by helping care for horses - provides for giant leaps of progress in all three aspects and offers further opportunities over time.
Want to know what it's like driving the fastest car in the world? Then come for a day out to the Coventry Transport Museum!
The Coventry Transport Museum has the largest publicly owned collection of British vehicles in the world, and tells the story of Coventry through the rise and fall of its biggest industry.
The Coventry Transport Museum is a Makaton-friendly museum, their shop and museum assistants are trained in basic Makaton signing.
Weekends and school holidays are usually very busy, especially when there are activities or events on at the Museum.
During term time, school groups visit in the mornings. Someone who prefers quieter times might prefer to visit the museum after 2.30pm during the week.
For more information, please visit the Coventry Transport Museum website
At Plas Dol-y-Moch, their aim is to provide high quality education through the medium of the outdoors in a residential setting.
They strongly believe that children and young people deserve the opportunity to experience the outdoor environment as an integral part of their learning and development, complementing learning in the classroom.
For more information about how to be involved in the activities at Dol-y-Moch, please contact Alistair Cook at 01766 510200 or visit the Dol y Moch website.
From medieval fortress to Elizabethan palace, Kenilworth Castle has been at the centre of England's affairs for much of its 900 year history.
Today, you can explore the Kenilworth Castle's garden, tower and gatehouse and learn about the people and animals that lived and worked there.
Kenilworth Castle has a variety of access arrangements available, please see the Kenilworth Castle Access Information page for more details.
Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Equestrian Disabled Riding & Horse Therapy Centre (NNWEC)
The NNWEC, a registered charity, is a purpose built disabled riding facility which offers riding therapy, learning and training opportunities for over 80 disabled adults and children from the North Warwickshire & Leicestershire area each week.
The NNWEC offer lessons for both children & adults who experience a wide range of disabilities.
Riding presents a stimulating, enjoyable challenge and helps to improve co-ordination and balance.
When newly found capabilities begin to overtake previously excepted disabilities, a greater degree of confidence and happiness is attained.
For more information, please see the NNWEC website
Tiny Tim's Purple Planet
Tiny Tim’s Purple Planet is a place for children to have fun and exercise in a clean, safe and friendly environment. Their indoor soft play area is packed with adventure. The equipment has been specially designed to ensure children with disabilities and special needs have access and do not miss out, as they actively encourage integrated play.
The Purple Planet offers…
Children who attend their soft-play centre not only have a fantastic time, but also have the opportunity to improve the lives of those less fortunate than themselves.
Admission is free for children with special needs for a 1½ hour session per day.
For more information, please visit the Tiny Tim website.
024 7622 8254
CHICKS is a national children's charity providing free respite breaks to children aged 8-15 from all over the UK who would really benefit from a break from their home lives.
They believe every child has the right to make positive childhood memories. A CHICKS break inspires new confidence and gives children the chance to have fun, enjoy new experiences and relax.
More than anything, it gives them the chance to just be children.
For more information, please see the CHICKS Website
The Notables Foundation provides opportunities for people with learning difficulties and special needs to acquire skills with music and the performing arts.
For more information, please visit the Notables website
Red DS is a social group where young people over age 16 with disabilities can come together in a safe space to make friends and take part in lots of fun activities.
Young people in the group do crafts, make music, cook, play games and do sensory activities.
They also have the opportunity to learn more about the Bible.
The group is based at Hillfields Church and also organises trips around the local area.
For more information, please see the Red DS Facebook website
Contact 0773146538 or [email protected] before coming along.
EGO is a safe and affordable meeting place for people of all ages and abilities to develop their creative and life skills. Its diverse and unique programme of work is determined by its members.
EGO offers a lively and nurturing alternative space in the city, for everyone. They aim to be at the forefront of inclusion – a company without boundaries where everyone matters and everyone is invited to contribute. It’s a place to celebrate difference.
For more information visit the EGO website
The Grangers Club is a social club for young people with learning disabilities - a place to meet up with their peers and have fun.
Activities include - pool/snooker, table tennis, ball games, arts and crafts, cooking, dominoes and other table activities.
Members are encouraged to voice what they want.
They go on trips out and can arrange drama sessions.
For more information please visit the Visit the Grangers Club Facebook page.
The Bedworth Disabled Swimming Club welcome people with any disability and of any age.
The leisure facilities include disabled parking, an accessible changing room and a pool hoist to help people in and out of the pool.
All new members are welcome.
For more information, please visit the Bedworth Disabled Swimming Club website
Centre AT7 is located in the North East of Coventry. The centre specialises in providing swimming, outdoor adventure and indoor sports facilities.
For more specific information about activities that are accessible to children and young people with SEND at AT7, please contact the Sports Development Officer Nikki Stilwell.
Coundon Court Football Club is a much recognised and decorated Football Association Charter Standard Community Club.
They have fun sessions that provide opportunities for anyone with a disability aged between 4 and 16 who want to develop their skill, knowledge and performance in football.
Sessions are designed for all players between 5 and 16. They can cater for players who use crutches, canes or walkers.
Sessions are outdoors.
Coundon Court Football club meets all the requirements and the highest level of standards laid down by the Football Association to provide a safe environment for children to learn and play football. All their coaches are volunteers and have the relevant FA qualifications, including child protection and emergency aid and are fully CRB checked.
Coventry Wheelchair Basketball Academy is a not-for-profit Amateur Sports Club.
Their teams are 'Crusaders'. They have separate sessions tailored to the needs of their players.
Wheelchair basketball and the work of the Academy is targeted at people who have a physical disability.
You don't have to be a wheelchair user to play.
They also have a number of able bodied players at the Academy. They have dedicated basketball chairs to be used by all people in our training sessions.
They encourage brothers, sisters, mums and dads all to play!
For more information, please see the Coventry Wheelchair Basketball Academy website
The Moat House Leisure Centre is located in North East Coventry.
Centre facilities and activities include:
024 7684 1720
Shirley Golf Club is a private members’ club in its 60th year and has a long tradition of welcoming visitors and new members.
They have very active Men’s, Seniors' , Ladies' and Junior sections, offering a full diary of competition fixtures and golf events for all.
They encourage and support new members and those new to the game – at all levels!
For more information about access for children and young people with special needs, please email Shirley Gold Course.
0121 744 6001
Sky Blues in the Community is part of the Coventry City Football Club.
They are committed to providing opportunities to a wide range of communities within Coventry and Warwickshire.
The term ‘Inclusion’ covers a wide spectrum, but for Sky Blues in the Community it is about providing opportunities for members of our community to take part in sport or personal development opportunities who may not normally get the chance.
For more information, please visit the Sky Blues in the Community Website.
The Alan Higgs Centre is located in Located in the South East of Coventry.
The centre specialises in providing football, outdoor sports facilities and nature activities.
For more information, please visit the Alan Higgs Centre website
The Centre has the following facilities:
The Coventry Wasps have a variety of opportunities for children and young people to play rugby and watch Wasps matches with their family and friends.
The club’s community team have converted two hospitality boxes at the Ricoh Arena into a quiet viewing room and a separate sensory space, where adults and children with autism and other disabilities can watch the action whilst being shielded from loud noise and bright lights.
For more information please visit the Wasps Community Inclusion Page.
Project Rugby currently engages with participants aged 14+ (and 16+ for disabled people) and is delivered by Wasps Community Coaching staff at several locations across Coventry, Birmingham & The West Midlands, providing accessible opportunities for people to participate in the game at a time and place that can be easily accessed by participants.
For more information please visit the Wasps Project Rugby Site
The Woodlands Sports Complex is located in the West of Coventry.
The complex specialises in providing indoor and outdoor sports activities.
Free car and bike parking is available during centre opening hours.
You can visit the Woodlands Sports Complex website for more information.
Xcel Leisure Centre is located in the South West of Coventry.
The Centre specialises in providing swimming and outdoor sports facilities.
For more information, please see the Xcel Leisure Centre website
024 7685 6956